Question #1: What percentage of our income are we prepared to spend to purchase and maintain our home on a monthly or annual basis?
Question #2: Who is responsible for keeping our house and yard cared for and organized? Are we different in our needs for cleanliness and organization?
Question #3: How much money do we earn together? Now? In one year? In five years? Ten? Who is responsible for which portion? Now? In one year? Five? Ten?
Question #4: What is our ultimate financial goal regarding annual income, and when do we anticipate achieving it? By what means, and through what efforts?
Question #5: What are our categories of expense (rent, clothing, insurance, travel)? How much do we spend monthly, annually, in each category? How much do we want to be able to spend?
Question #6: How much time will each of us spend at work, and during what hours? Do we begin work early? Will we prefer to work into the evening?
Question #7: If one of us doesn't want to work, under what circumstances, if any, would that be okay?
Question #8: How ambitious are you? Are we comfortable with the other's level of ambition?
Question #9: Do we eat meals together? Which ones? Who is responsible for the food shopping? Who prepares the meals? Who cleans up afterward?
Question #10: Is each of us happy with the other's approach to health? Does one have habits or tendencies that concern the other (e.g., smoking, excessive dieting, poor diet)?
Question #11: If we have children, what kind of relationship do we hope our parents will have with their grandchildren? How much time will they spend together?
Question #12: Will we have children? If so, when? How many? How important is having children to each of us?
Question #13: How will having a child change the way we live now? Will we want to take time off from work, or work a reduced schedule? For how long? Will we need to rethink who is responsible for housekeeping?